2010年10月04日

In the grounds of 'Sainen-ji' Buddhist temple in Yotsuya, Shinjuku Ward, a tomb of 'Hattori Hanzo', who was the greatest ninja in 16th century, is in existence.

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'Hattori Hanzo' was one of the faithful retainers of 'Tokugawa Ieyasu', who established the seat of the shogunate in Edo, present Tokyo, early in the 17th century. He greatly helped 'Ieyasu', having control of many ninjas, for the sake of unifying Japan. 'Ieyasu' was able to bring the country under a single authority partly thanks to him. 'Hanzo' created 'Sainen-ji' Buddhist temple to perform a memorial service for the death of Ieyasu's son. In the decent precincts of the temple, although it was relocated from the original place in the 17th century, there stands a tomb of him, and a spear in the picture below that is said to be presented to him by 'Ieyasu' is on display in the main hall of this temple.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

通訳案内士 高木聖久。

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